A group of academics from Ohio University was in UiTM for an international conference. The delegates comprise Dr Brad Cohen, Vice Provost of Teaching & Learning, Prof Renee Middleton, Dean Patton College of Education, Dr Dawn Bikowski, Director of English Language Centre and Prof Dr Christine Bhat. Upon learning about social innovation initiatives in the university, the delegates were taken to visit UiTM SISU which serves as a balcony to the SI initiatives in the university. The OU delegates were impressed with the impacts of the project and found UiTM SISU to be a friendly platform for future discussions and network. Prof Middleton expressed her interest to have a similar platform in her faculty. The friendly benchmark visit took place on the 30 November, 2018.
It is a common practice among UiTM students to conduct events that will encourage community participation. In this project, a group of Civil Engineering students initiated sets of workshop related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). More than 100 students from various schools around Klang Valley came to participate. In this sets of workshops, the participants were guided and trained on how they could be creative by playing with numbers and clay. The outcomes of the workshops include raised awareness on STEM, ability to be creative and the ability to produce or create. The project took place on the 2 November, 2018 in UiTM.
This workshop was conducted as one of the activities celebrating the month of Innovation in UiTM. Additionally, in was conducted as post-conference workshop hosted by the Faculty of Education, UiTM. Prof Sabraw’s work focuses on environmental issues. Collaborating with a chemist, he managed to turn acidic elements into beautiful paints. The workshop was conducted to raise the awareness of the young generations about acidic residue in the river and how pollution could be curbed. A total of 40 students and 10 facilitators from three different faculties and institutions participated in this workshop. The workshop took place on the 30th November, 2018 at the Menara Foyer, UiTM and was featured in TV3, one of the local TV channels.
This book captures relevant social innovation initiatives done by the staff and students of the faculty which involved various parties across the university, industries and communities. The featured social innovation projects in this book have the following criteria:
a) bridging and sharing of knowledge between the university, community and industry
b) encourage improvement to the quality of life in terms of newly applied skills or knowledge acquired through the projects
c) sustainable that the projects could be replicated by others including the industries and communities involved
The book was launched by the Vice Chancellor on the 13th of December, 2018 during the Innovation Month Celebration held at Dewan Agong Tuanku Canselor, UiTM.
Under the SEASIN Project, TCU SISU is conducting social innovation activities for rural women who have no regular income. On 9.12.2018, TCU SISU launched a training on tailor-made design and sewing to thirty women from the villages near the university. The training will be ended on 27.1.2019. The purpose of the training is to ensure the rural women’s regular income by creating their own business on sewing in their home. Also, the SISU opens the sewing-machine room for those women to practice to increase their capability. In addition, occasionally TCU SISU invites popular designers from Yangon to TCU SISU to share their success stories and experience to the rural women.
It was an honor to have H.E. Dr. Hang Chuon Naron coming to our NUM Social Innovation Lab on Thursday 13th, December. We are delighted to give VR (Virtual Reality) experience on Van Gogh Painting.